First-Year Student Honors
Aristeia, meaning “a special display of excellence,” is the honor society for ﬁrst-year students. Students earning a grade-point average of 3.75 or better during any term of their ﬁrst year of study are eligible for membership.
Graduating seniors who have earned at least 60 credits at Augustana and whose overall and Augustana grade-point averages are at least 3.50 are eligible for graduation honors—summa cum laude, magna cum laude or cum laude. The grade-point requirements for summa cum laude and magna cum laude are established each year by the Faculty Senate. Students qualify for honors on the basis of their grade-point averages when they graduate. Honors are withheld from students found guilty of violations of college policies regarding academic honesty, such as cheating or plagiarism. Graduation honors are recorded on the student’s permanent academic record.
Recognition of class honors occurs during the annual Honors Convocation in May.
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta Chapter of Illinois, was established at Augustana in 1950. (See Honorary Organizations)
Dean's Honor List
Each term, students who earn a grade-point average of 3.50 or above are included on the Dean’s Honor List, subject to the following criteria:
- All work is completed by the end of the term (no incomplete grades on record).
- Eight hours of credit are graded on the plus-minus grade scale during the term (see Grading System). Courses taken Pass-No Credit or Pass-Credit-Fail or Audit count neither toward the student’s grade-point average nor toward inclusion on this list.